I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth.
I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Baker.
rowing class, him picking the raspberries, the start of a new book, a phone conversation with my sister, summer minestrone soup, the first pesto, play-time in the yard after dinner, how Baker sleeps under my chair when i am working in my office, my husband’s patience
wwednesday || july 18th
i eat the first tiny zucchini from the garden today with my egg, he opts for cereal
tuesday || july 17th
“Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go.” - Oriah Mountain Dreamer
I practice both today.
monday || july 16th
Baker has his first check up today he gets a shot and i make twelve jars of raspberry jam. he gets a hair cut and we have grilled corn salad for dinner and a gin and tonic. . .
sunday || july 15
we play catch up today, after being gone a week he picked the raspberries while i get the laundry going Baker learns to go up and down the stairs and i give him one of Basil’s old yard toys to play with he is a chewing machine right now
july 7-14 || the lake
sunsets, swimming, games, wine, beer, grilled pizza, Baker, love, family, huckleberry milkshakes, steak, books, kayaking, laughter, the dock, no sleep, 92 degrees, water summersaults, fishing, sourdoughs, gratitude
friday || july 6th
today Baker picked his first raspberry, stepped on it, ate a bit of it, and walked away he also had his first blueberry, which he found quit tasty, oh, and i had to dig a slug out of his mouth. . .
thursday || july 5
today is Basil’s birthday and i think about him off and on all day. i shop for the lake and start to pack.
wednesday || july 4th
the day is hot and muggy and i spend most of it getting ready for the lake Baker makes me laugh and come nightfall he is worn out from all the fireworks me too. . .
tuesday || july 3rd
he explores the entire yard today and wears himself out, and me along with him he listens to chimes, follows the birds, and i find him in the veggie patch, unsupervised, but only for a moment. i laugh out-loud at his shenanigans and fall in love over and over
monday || july 2
he sleeps in his kennel all the way home he roams the yard and gives lots of kisses my heart is full of joy, Baker is in the house
sunday || july 1
mimosas on the deck at Brandon and Courtney’s lunch with Jordan and Katie and Coco, making us all laugh
saturday || june 30
we head up to see the kids
friday || june 29th
a busy day, full of goodness a few new things for Baker made the lists for “the lake” and got my toes done!
thursday || june 28th
a long phone conversation with a dear friend a clean freezer, all ready for the summer garden and the first daisy. . . almost open
wednesday || june 27th
today’s harvest a long conversation with Justin five days and counting
tuesday || june 26th
happy anniversary to us
monday || june 25th
finished my book deadheaded the roses & picked the berries
sunday ||june 24th
dinner with friends involved lemon drops and shuffleboard
saturday || june 23
farmers market, cherries, walla walla sweets, and pizza on the deck. . .
friday || june 22nd
iced coffee testing for the lake with the new coffee liquor from Chuckanut
wednesday || june 20
it was one of those days where the air does not move and sweat pours off of you even if you are watering. . .
tuesday || june 19th
my afternoon looked a bit like this
monday || june 18th
we end the busy day on the water
sunday || june 17
i shared, he got two it is father’s day after all
saturday || june 16
finished my book
friday || june 15
the day is slow and steady, full of joy and ease
thursday || june 14th
solutions come with clarity, and the first iced latte of the season
wednesday || june 13th
i sit with him on the grass and watch him explore my heart starts to heal and i am totally smitten
tuesday || june 12
i have yet to take a walk around the ponds maybe tomorrow?
monday || june 11th
i have the day to myself . . .
sunday || june 10
there is joy and ease within me and i don’t question how or why
saturday || june 9th
rain, rain go away
friday || june 8th
thursday || june 8th
thinning the beats
wednesday || june 6th
we spend the day among the flowers
tuesday || june 5th
it has been a month since Basil died, i miss him so and still cry, but also smile
monday || june 4th
i asked Gary to please relocate him to the watershed, across the street